"No cheering": Tokyo Olympics fans asked to stick to clapping during torch relay

The unusual provisions for the relay – the main precursor to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – are another sign of the difficulties organisers face as they attempt to carry off an event involving tens of thousands of athletes, officials and journalists in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic…

“No shouting, no cheering. Please cheer by clapping your hands, and maintain an appropriate distance in case there is overcrowding,” Yukihiko Nunomura, the vice director general of the organising committee, told a media briefing on Thursday.

“If it turns out that there are dense crowds on the streets, the torch relay can be stopped as we prioritise safety and security.”